Royal College of Physicians Reveal Position On Electronic Cigarettes

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by: James Dunworth

A stethoscope on the top of an EKG chart.

I  wasn’t intending to write about this, but I am surprised few other bloggers seem to have picked up on this recent, very positive statement by Professor John Britton of the Royal College of Physicians published in Deadline News.

Prof John Britton, chairman of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group, said that e-cigarettes had the potential to save millions of lives.

He said: “The likelihood is that smoking electronic cigarettes is better than smoking tobacco.

“Electronic cigarettes have the potential to save lives. The concept of nicotine replacement is powerful and good.”

Source: Deadline News

Statement like these don’t get issued without a lot of thought, and also adds weight to support from the UK Government Nudge Unit. I also think that the statement might be even more powerful if it wasn’t for the sale of some inferior models.

These are very cheap, models which are being sold on markets and in some more stores which do not comply with current regulations, and which contain lead in the batteries. If the companies producing these e-cigarettes are cutting corners on batteries, I think it’s also unlikely they are batch testing the e-liquid contained within the device (as required by our trade organisation, ECITA.)

Fortunately, when trading standards come across these models they are taking them off the shelves. When and if these models are removed totally, both consumers and doctors will be able to feel more confident about electronic cigarettes.

Want to learn more? Check out Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe and Nicotine in Electronic Cigarettes: 10 Facts Every User Should Know.

 

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3 Responses to “Royal College of Physicians Reveal Position On Electronic Cigarettes”

  1. Jacquie February 24, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Good press at last i know my e cig as improved my health

  2. Dave February 25, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    Finally somebody has woken upto the evolution of NRT. E-cigarettes provide the most effective option for smoking cessation. I am an e-ecigarette user so somewhat biased, however I have experienced the NRT on offer thru the NHS, councils and business and from my personal experience, no doubt backed up by many thousands of similar people, the current NRT is flawed or outdated.
    Maybe, maybe somebody will wake up and endorse the most effective form of smoking cessation. Do I give a damn, selfishly – well no not really I have found my nirvana, unselfishly yes – why are we tax payers paying rediculous amounts of money on faulty schemes.
    Endorse and embrace the E-cigarette revolution and scrap the current NRT.

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